To connect the bizarre obsession with property is bright.
To address the almost criminal appeasement of the media is essential.
The last line however deserves exploration… See below. OM
bell hooks on George Zimmerman:
"White supremacy has taught him that all people of color are threats irrespective of their behavior. Capitalism has taught him that, at all costs, his property can and must be protected. Patriarchy has taught him that his masculinity has to be proved by the willingness to conquer fear through aggression; that it would be unmanly to ask questions before taking action. Mass media then brings us the news of this in a newspeak manner that sounds almost jocular and celebratory, as though no tragedy has happened, as though the sacrifice of a young life was necessary to uphold property values and white patriarchal honor. Viewers are encouraged to feel sympathy for the white male home owner who made a mistake. The fact that this mistake led to the violent death of an innocent young man does not register; the narrative is worded in a manner that encourages viewers to identify with the one who made the mistake by doing what we are led to feel we might all do to ‘protect our property at all costs from any sense of perceived threat.’ This is what the worship of death looks like.”
end bell hooks quote.
I don’t really know what the worship of death means… I do know “this” is what lost ignorance of being and self looks like.
There is no evil, only ignorance, a “not knowing,” of one’s essence, and thus the essence of “others,” in fact the very perception of OTHER is ignorance, “not seeing, not knowing.” I do not use ignorance in a pejorative or judgmental way; only objective statement about what one does not know.
Seeing evil in others, or denying them their humanity is taking on their sickness.
Yes, he and many others have learned these things; if we let go of seeing evil or patriarchal, or capitalist we can see the wounded, scared human who does not even know themselves, and projects this lost center by lashing out at perceived threats everywhere.
This is where the healing is for all of us, in the confused wounded sense of self.